25 Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

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The prospect of speaking in public can be a daunting one. You’ll be up there on stage, all alone, with all eyes on you. Your audience will expect you to be brilliant, to give them new information and new insight on a topic about which they believe you to be exceptionally knowledgeable. And of course, you’ll have to use a microphone. It’s no wonder that public speaking is one of people’s biggest fears.

 

Fortunately, public speaking does not have to be scary. Things you can do ahead of time to stay in control of the situation can all help to make public speaking a simple and even enjoyable task. Here are 25 top tips for improving your skills and becoming a better public speaker.

 

Learn From the Experts

Other people have successfully given public speeches before, and you can learn a lot from them. Watch recordings of excellent public speakers. Note their techniques and body language, figure out why they’re successful, and emulate them as you give your own talk.

Be an Expert

Agreeing to give a public speech on a topic with which you’re not overly familiar is a recipe for disaster. You’ll be less confident, and your audience will know. Instead, speak on subjects about which you are an expert, or at least very familiar. Your expertise will be apparent, and you’ll be more confident as you proceed.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you want your public speech to be successful, don’t go in cold. Instead, read over your notes until they’re second nature, and practice standing and speaking so that you’re completely comfortable. Consider this your full dress rehearsal.

Time Yourself

When preparing for a speech, it’s always good to know how quickly or slowly you’re talking. Too fast and you’ll appear nervous; too slow and you’ll bore your audience. Time your speech a few times so you have an idea of how long it will last, then watch the clock when you’re doing it for real.

Better Yet, Record Yourself

Record one or more of your rehearsals to see how you come across on stage. Watch your body language, listen to your tone and your annunciation, and pay attention to how often you use vocal tics like “umm” and “uhh.” Knowing your weak spots early on will help you to be successful when it counts.

 

Visualize Your Success

Don’t underestimate the power of positive visualization. If you convince yourself that you’re going to fail, then you probably will. On the other hand, if you can imagine your speech being a success and can convince yourself that you’ll knock it out of the park once you’re up on stage, then chances are good that you’ll do quite well. Anticipate audience reactions, anticipate your responses, and anticipate how great you’ll be.

 

Do a Dry Run

Don’t walk in cold ten minutes before you’re set to go onstage. Instead, go to the space where you’ll be speaking ahead of time. Get a feel for the room, test the projector and equipment, and do a mic check.

 

Know Your Audience

What do you know about the people to whom you’ll be speaking? By understanding a little about their knowledge, skills, and beliefs, you’ll be better able to tailor your presentation to them.

 

Dress for Success

Wearing professional business attire is a must when you’re giving a speech. First, when you look professional, you’ll feel professional and be more confident on stage. Second, you’ll project an air of authority. And finally, dressing up for a speech demonstrates respect for your audience and for your role as a speaker.

 

Watch What You Eat

This is especially important for those who cope with stress by eating, because ingesting a big meal before you get up to talk is a mistake. If you’re even a little nervous, all that food is going to feel like a rock in your stomach, and it will be distracting. Also, eating anything that’s dairy-heavy will cause you to clear your throat a lot, which you also don’t want. Instead, eat lightly, drink something warm to keep your vocal cords happy, and save the big meal for when you’re done.

 

Use Your Notes

Don’t try to memorize your speech, but don’t read it word for word either. Use note cards or notes typed up in a big font to help guide you from point to point.

Anticipate The What-Ifs

Hopefully, nothing will go wrong when you get up to give your speech. However, it’s always best to be prepared. Try to anticipate things that might go wrong, then have a plan in place if they actually do.

 

Meet And Greet If You Can

To avoid the anxiety that goes along with getting up in front of a room full of strangers, say hello to your audience members before you speak. Mingle with them, greet them as they enter, or sit with some of them as a pre-talk meal is being served.

 

Before You Start, Take A Minute

Give yourself a minute or two to relax, breathe deeply, and calm your nerves before you jump on stage. You’ll feel much less jumpy if you do.

 

Project Confidence

It’s completely natural to be nervous, but don’t let on that you’re anything but completely confident. Smile big, stay in control to the extent that you can, and remind yourself that you know what you’re talking about.

 

Be Yourself

This may sound obvious, but it still warrants a mention. By sticking to your own persona and personality, you’ll never have to wonder if you’re being consistent.

 

Engage Listeners with Questions

Get your audience thinking right away by asking a question for their brains to chew on. It may be rhetorical or even unanswerable, but it can get them thinking with you and pique interest.

Keep Your Head Up

Many speakers find security in the notes they’ve prepared, but it’s important to look up regularly. Make eye contact with audience members, smile at them, and have a conversation with them rather than talking to your notes.

Don’t Be Afraid To Incorporate Humor

You don’t really want to do stand up comedy, but a good laugh can help your speech, especially at first. Not only will it get your audience paying attention, but it will help you relax as well.

Keep Going After A Mistake

Sure, you may get tripped up once in a while, but there’s no need for it to ruin your entire presentation. Just continue on to your next point. Also, it’s almost never necessary to apologize for your mistake. No one’s perfect, after all. It’s best to keep going.

 

Deflect Attention

If the thought of a room full of eyes on you makes you tremble, use a visual aid to draw attention away from yourself. A large poster, slideshow presentation, or anything else that’s interesting and relevant should work. However, the caveat is that you shouldn’t rely so much on your visuals that the human aspect of your speech gets lost. Also, your visual aid should be simple so that it doesn’t replace you as the star of the show.

Stay Positive

If you invite questions, you may get some hostile queries from less than happy audience members. The best thing you can do is to remain positive. By getting combative, defensive, or argumentative, you let your audience see you at your worst and create an uncomfortable scene. Smile, acknowledge the question, and answer it with as much upbeat spin as you possibly can.

Call to Action

You’ll spend some time giving your audience some information about a topic. When your speech is over, what should they do with it? Give them some constructive choices to channel their new energy and knowledge.

 

Respect Everyone’s Time

Find out how long you have for your speech, and then stick to it. In fact, end a minute or two early. If you drag on past a promised end time, audience members will start to get antsy and will stop paying attention to what you have to say.

 

Keep your perspective.

If you’re overly nervous and anxious about speaking in public, it can help to put things in perspective. It’s just a speech. It’s not rocket science or particle physics. No one’s life will be in jeopardy if you slip up or forget your place. Just relax, and you’ll do a great job.

 

 

 

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